DO Match Day Yields More Than 500 Primary Care Residents

Megan Brooks

February 05, 2019

More than 500 osteopathic medical school seniors and graduates matched into primary care residencies, with a total of 886 receiving placements in 21 specialties, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) announced on Monday.

As in the past, specialty choices in this year's match align with the osteopathic profession's long-standing emphasis on careers in primary care, with 34% choosing family medicine and 22% picking internal medicine, the AOA said.

The following table shows the top five specialties by number of matches.



2019 Total Number Matched

Total Match by Specialty

Family medicine



Internal medicine



Orthopedic surgery



General surgery



Emergency medicine



Other specialties




A total of 380 positions were filled in nonprimary care specialties, whereas 390 positions were not filled in the initial match process, although many of these positions will be filled after the match announcement, the AOA said.

The AOA and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) are in the fourth year of a 5-year transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education. To date, 80% of all osteopathic training positions have transitioned to ACGME accreditation, with additional positions expected over the next 17 months.

DOs have historically been able to choose between multiple matches for postgraduate placement. In the single accreditation system, most DO and MD students will participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

"As the transition to single accreditation system for graduate medical education continues, more AOA programs and osteopathic medical students are choosing to participate in just the NRMP match, which last year saw all-time highs in the number of osteopathic medical students and graduates who participated and successfully matched," the AOA said in the release.

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